Pre Set Tests

ADI Part 3 Pre Set Tests (Pst’s)

The ADI Part 3 pre set tests (PST's)No other area of ADI Training causes as much confusion, fear and sometimes even panic, as the Part 3 pre set tests

Part 3 on the whole is widely misunderstood by trainees. The pass rates for Part 3 have dropped to 24% and we have to stop and ask ourselves why

Of all the trainees who make it through the Part 2 test of driving ability, less than one in four will ever go on to pass Part 3

The truth is that Part 3 is very straightforward. There is nothing to fear and everything to look forward to. With good, effective training, the PST’s should hold no fear for you. As your understanding grows, the clouds of gloom disappear, and you’ll begin to realise that you have all the resources and skills within you to succeed. Your trainer just has to bring them out and develop them

Your Part 3 training should be dealing almost exclusively with the skills you need to instruct and to deliver a first class driving lesson, not in learning the details of the pre set tests. If your Part 2 training is well structured and thorough, you should already have a superb, in depth knowledge of the pre set test subjects before your first ever Part 3 training session. Yet so much Part 3 training is based on teaching you what you should already know

For Part 3, you should be learning how to teach, not how to do

If your Part 3 training is based mainly on repetitively practicing and memorising the pre set tests, then you may not develop the Sub Skills and Core Competencies required to pass. It is far better to have your training structured to develop you into a good instructor than it is to simply aim to ‘scrape through’ somehow

Our page which explains the pre set tests as a test route for Part 3 explains the real significance of the PST’s. We’ll also discuss the dreaded Part 3 Briefings, and we’ll try to answer the question ‘pre set test or pre set lesson?’ . We’ll also take a look at your flexibility as an instructor, to deal with all situations the SE can throw at you, as your key to success

If your training concentrates on the areas that really matter, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to deal with any situation that the SE throws at you

Of course, you do need to have a very good knowledge of the PST subject areas, but as I’ve said above . . . that knowledge should be developed at Part 2 – and practiced at Part 3. Your trainer should give plenty of experience in teaching each of the PST’s and how to approach them

The PST’s should be used as a learning and training tool to develop the skills you need for success, not as a means to an end in themselves

If you arrived directly at this page, or navigated straight to it, please be warned that memorising these pre set tests will not, under any circumstances, give you the skills to succeed at Part 3. There is simply no substitution for good, effective training

So, let’s take a quick look at a list of the pre set test subjects:

PST 1 
Phase 1 Controls
Phase 2 Crossroads

PST 2 
Phase 1 Moving Off and Stopping
Phase 2 Meet, Cross, Overtake, Adequate Clearance, Anticipation

PST 3 
Phase 1 Turn in The Road
Phase 2 Approaching Junctions Junctions to Turn Left or Right

PST 4 
Phase 1 Reversing to the Left or to the Right
Phase 2 Emerging At ‘T’ Junctions

PST 5 
Phase 1 Use of The Mirrors and Emergency Stop
Phase 2 Progress, Road Positioning and Hesitancy

PST 6 
Phase 1 Pedestrian Crossings and The Use Of Signals
Phase 2 Reverse Parking

PST 7 
Phase 1 Approaching Junctions Junctions to Turn Left or Right
Phase 2 Pedestrian Crossings and The Use Of Signals

PST 8 
Phase 1 Emerging At ‘T’ Junctions
Phase 2 Meet, Cross, Overtake, Adequate Clearance, Anticipation

PST 9 
Phase 1 Crossroads
Phase 2 Pedestrian Crossings and The Use Of Signals

PST 10 
Phase 1 Meet, Cross, Overtake, Adequate Clearance, Anticipation
Phase 2 Progress, Road Positioning and Hesitancy

Please remember that the SE will base almost all of their assessment of you as an instructor on the skill areas of good instruction that you need to display. The content of the PST is far less important than how you deliver it. You’ll find lots of advice and help on all of the Part 3 ‘Sub Skills‘ throughout this site

ADIT team